American international Julian Green has finally broken through with one of the biggest clubs in the world. Green started for Bayern Munich in its Champions League game against Dinamo Zagreb Wednesday, playing 62 minutes of the 2-0 win. The victory sends Bayern into the final 16 as Group F winner. Bayern had pretty much wrapped up the No. 1 spot in the group, so the club's lineup was a bit unconventional. Nevertheless, playing time is playing time for Green.
More fallout related to the garbage turf at Aloha Stadium. U.S. Soccer is refunding all tickets, but a demonstration of unfair or deceptive trade practices would entitle plaintiffs to treble damages, scrapping the $200,000 the Hawaii Tourism Board was paying U.S. Soccer for the game.
The league hopes the increased funds for player salaries will provide clubs "the opportunity to sign more impact players in the middle of the roster and add young Homegrown talent." MLS deputy commissioner Mark Abbott says that "will make MLS even more entertaining and compelling."
The Gunners needed at least a 2-0 win to advance in Champions League play, and they managed to get it done. Olivier Giroud picked up a hat trick for Arsenal.
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The Hawks won theirs second in a row by edging the Mavericks in Dallas, 98-95. Rebounding was again an issue for Atlanta, and the Mavs collected 20 offensive boards that led to 17 second-chance points.
Staying busy this offseason, the Braves have reportedly signed utility infielder Emilio Bonifacio to a one-year deal. After plenty of rumors swirled around Julio Teheran, Atlanta appears content to hold on to the star pitcher.